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                                      CONSENT 


          Bill No:  AB 7
          Author:   Bonta (D), et al.
          Amended:  4/7/15 in Assembly
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:  8-0, 6/10/15
           AYES:  Liu, Runner, Block, Leyva, Mendoza, Monning, Pan, Vidak
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Hancock

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  71-0, 4/9/15 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT:   Public schools:  Larry Itliong Day


          SOURCE:    Author
          
          DIGEST:   This bill designates October 25th of each year as  
          Larry Itliong Day, and encourages public schools to recognize it  
          as a day of special significance.  

          ANALYSIS:

          Existing law:

          1)Proclaims the first week of April as Labor History Week and  
            encourages school districts to commemorate the week with  
            appropriate educational exercises that make pupils aware of  
            the role the labor movement has played in shaping California  
            and the United States.  

          2)Designates a number of days as days of special significance to  
            the public schools and educational institutions and encourages  
            them to observe that day, including Ronald Reagan Day  
            (February 6), John Muir Day (April 21), and Harvey Milk Day  
            (May 22).








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          3)Requires public schools to close on a number of holidays,  
            including January 1, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Lincoln  
            Day, Washington Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Veterans  
            Day, Thanksgiving, December 25, all days appointed by the  
            Governor or the President of the United States for a public  
            fast, holiday, and any other day designated as a holiday by  
            the governing board of the school district.  Requires that for  
            some specified holidays for which schools are required to  
            close (Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln Day, and Washington  
            Day), schools conduct exercises in commemoration.





          4)Authorizes public schools to close on two other days if the  
            governing board, pursuant to a collective bargaining  
            agreement, agrees to close schools for that purpose.  These  
            days are César Chávez (March 31) and Native American Day  
            (fourth Friday in September).  





          5)Requires the State Board of Education to ensure that state  
            curriculum on César Chávez and the history of the farm labor  
            movement in the United States include information on the role  
            of immigrants, including Filipino Americans, in that movement.  
             


          This bill:

          1)Makes various findings and declarations relative to the life  
            of Larry Itliong and his contributions as a leader in the  
            American farm labor movement and in the Filipino American  








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            community, including the finding and declaration that the  
            accomplishments and contributions of Larry Itliong should be  
            properly memorialized within the history and culture of the  
            United States of America.  

          2)Designates October 25th of each year as Larry Itliong Day, a  
            day of special significance, as specified.

          3)Encourages all public schools and educational institutions to  
            conduct exercises remembering the life of Larry Itliong,  
            recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing pupils with  
            the contributions he made to the state.

          4)Requires the Governor to annually proclaim October 25th of  
            each year as Larry Itliong Day.

          Comments
          
          Need for the bill.  According to the author's office, "the  
          accomplishments and contributions of Larry Itliong should be  
          properly memorialized within the history and culture of the  
          United States because he is a hero in the socioeconomic and  
          racial justice movement.  Although his accomplishments have been  
          recognized in smaller ways, such as being acknowledged in part  
          in the renaming of a Union City middle school, he deserves to be  
          recognized on a statewide level and remembered for his  
          contributions to our state and nation's history."

          Larry Itliong.  This bill recognizes Larry Itliong as a  
          prominent leader in the American farm labor movement.  In 1965,  
          as a leader of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee of  
          the AFL-CIO, he organized a group of 1,500 Filipinos in an eight  
          day strike against Delano grape growers.  Itliong asked César  
          Chávez and his followers to join the strike, and the two  
          leaders' organizations eventually combined, establishing the  
          United Farm Workers of America.  Itliong later become the  
          President of the Filipino American Political Association, the  
          first national political Filipino American organization.  He was  
          also instrumental in the founding of the Pablo Agbayani Village,  
          a retirement home built by volunteers for retired Filipino  
          Manongs.  









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          Discretionary activities.  Existing law encourages all public  
          schools and educational institutions to observe each day  
          designated and set apart as a day having special significance,  
          and to conduct suitable commemorative exercises.  These are not  
          required activities.  Existing law also includes legislative  
          intent that exercises be integrated into the regular school  
          program and be conducted by the school within the amount of time  
          otherwise budgeted for educational programs.  
          


          FISCAL EFFECT:     Appropriation:  No                Fiscal  
          Com.:  No           Local:  No




          SUPPORT:   (Verified6/11/15)


          Alameda Labor Council
          American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees,  
          AFL-CIO
          Asian Americans Advancing Justice
          Asian Pacific Environmental Network
          Berkeley City Council
          California College and University Police Chiefs Association
          California History Center Foundation (De Anza College)
          California Immigrant Policy Center
          Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity
          Filipino American National Historical Society, Santa Clara  
          Chapter
          Little Manila Foundation
          Philippine National Day Association
          Philippine Weekend, Inc.
          United Farm Workers
          Numerous individuals


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified6/11/15)










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          None received
           

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  71-0, 4/9/15
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Baker, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brough,  
            Brown, Burke, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley,  
            Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier,  
            Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson,  
            Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Hadley, Harper, Roger  
            Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey,  
            Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes,  
            McCarty, Medina, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, Olsen, Perea,  
            Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago,  
            Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Waldron, Weber, Wilk,  
            Williams, Wood, Atkins
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Travis Allen, Bigelow, Calderon, Beth Gaines,  
            Grove, Melendez, O'Donnell, Patterson, Wagner





          Prepared by:Lenin Del Castillo / ED. / (916) 651-4105
          6/11/15 16:23:50


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